This course provides students with a working knowledge of mental health issues and addictions by introducing students to classifications of mental disorders, addiction development and dependence, effects, signs and symptoms and response, diagnostic categories, treatment options and best practice interventions, and common medications used in pharmacotherapies. Students will explore trends in mental health and addictions support, service, delivery, and practice.
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Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Define mental health and mental illness.
- List the key factors believed to influence the development of mental illness.
- Identify the ways in which culture, ethnicity, and religion influence health and illness behaviour.
- Describe contemporary mental health and addiction issues in a Canadian sociocultural context.
- Discuss the causes and symptomology of mental disorders and addictions as they relate to community support worker service.
- Discuss evidence-based treatment, intervention, prevention, and service support strategies.
- Explain the community support systems model of care.
- Describe at least two purposes of a mental health treatment plan.
- Explain how psychotherapeutic medications are used in the treatment of addiction.
- Provide a brief summary of the theory and research in working with mental health and addictions populations as it impacts addictions community support worker practice.
- Students must complete an intake with recruitment team.
- Throughout the year
- Student will be assessed by daily attendance, assignments, and completion of in class activities.
To successfully complete this course, students must:
- Pass the final exam
- Attend a minimum of 80% of the scheduled classes
- Achieve a minimum overall score of 50%
- Assignments, participation, attendance and exams.
Mental health care systems
Ethical and legal issues
Social cultural issues
Theories and therapies
Psychotherapeutic drug therapy
Principles of mental health care
Issues over the lifespan
Diseases and disabilities
Illness, anxiety, loss, grief
Final Exam and wrap up
Course sequencing may vary
8 Weeks/48 hours
Online| On-campus| Combined